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BY SEAN EGAN    |  Even Doris Payne’s closest friends understand that she is nowhere near the charming, innocent old woman she appears to be on the surface. “Doris is no saint,” says her lifelong friend, Jean. “Her horns are holding her halo up. But she’s 80 years old — come on, give her a […]

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BY SEAN EGAN    | Even Doris Payne’s closest friends understand that she is nowhere near the charming, innocent old woman she appears to be on the surface. “Doris is no saint,” says her lifelong friend, Jean. “Her horns are holding her halo up. But she’s 80 years old — come on, give her a break!” […]

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Amore Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ Drawing on his undergraduate studies of traditional Japanese theater, as well as the expertise of several Japanese cast members, director Nathan Hull brings elements of Kabuki into this production of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera (which itself drew from an 1887 work by French novelist Pierre Loti, as well as the […]

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THE RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL  |  Consider yourself lucky: For the thirteenth annual edition of River to River (R2R), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has trimmed this normally month-long, totally free summer arts event down to a lean 11 days — without sacrificing any of the diversity we’ve come to expect from its dense blend […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY |  As the story goes, four of the five Marx Brothers got their iconic nicknames during a poker game in 1914, years before they broke out and became one of America’s most beloved comedy acts. It was the vaudevillian Art Fisher who bequeathed the monikers as he was dealing to each brother […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  When Hurricane Sandy struck New York City on October 29, 2012, the cellist Erik Friedlander, now 53, was in the middle of writing music for the second recorded meeting of his Bonebridge quartet. It had been about a year since their first album (an eponymous one) began the band’s texturally […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN    |  The thought of boxers and ballerinas coexisting in one photography gallery might sound like an odd coupling, but that’s not the case in John Goodman’s first New York solo exhibition. He sees both as bodies in motion, driven to extremes by sweat and sheer determination. Drawn from two acclaimed bodies […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  “M” is for the many things she gave you — and what have you done for her lately? If the cards and flowers are already in cue for May 11, that’s a very good start. But containing the celebration to one mere day seems rather unambitious, considering the fact that […]

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THE AFFORDABLE PHOTOGRAPHY FAIR Established in 1971 by a group of newspaper photographers, the collaborative spirit is still going strong at Soho Photo — where the artists who run this fine art photography gallery participate in workshops and discussion groups, while challenging each other to develop a clear vision. “Visit us. Talk with us,” they say, […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Move over, Union Square Zip Line! Take that, Super Bowl Boulevard slide! Pop Up urban adventure is about to get a serious sports and movie-themed upgrade — when the annual Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day return, to take over Downtown streets for this rain-or-shine event that’s always […]

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